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Mobility is important to ODOT, the trucking industry, and the traveling public. Mobility can be defined as the ease with which people and goods move safely throughout their community, state, and the world. Transportation's most essential function is to provide safe mobility for people and goods.
Mobility is important to Oregon's economy. It ensures access to jobs, services, and markets. Oregon's economic health and well-being depends on our ability to communicate and coordinate construction and maintenance activities. Effectively managing work zone impacts is essential to meeting the Department's Workzone Safety Guiding Principal: The best work zone design and management plan will maintain safety and mobility, a balance that shall be analyzed continuously throughout the lifecycle of the facility. We address work zone safety and mobility with the following strategies:
ODOT staff collaborate and communicate with key stakeholders to create plans and designs that are in harmony with highway user demands while maintaining mobility and safety. By sharing upcoming construction project information and maintenance work with the stakeholders, we can forecast potential conflicts and resolve issues together.
The Mobility Procedures Manual is a guide to how Oregon coordinates construction and maintenance activity while still keeping traffic and freight moving. It is a comprehensive outline of the approach that ODOT and its construction partners take when planning and executing all road and bridge projects.
Oregon law prohibits permanent reductions in vehicle carrying capacity on an identified freight route based on ORS 366.215 — Reduction of Vehicle Carrying Capacity.
To ensure adequate vertical clearance on the state highway system for tall loads like transformers, minimum Vertical Clearance Standards were established for all new construction. ODOT and freight stakeholders established High Routes indicating the most important routes oversize loads use.
Consultation with MCTD is required for:
Vertical Clearance Resources are available to help guide vertical clearance decisions.
Appropriate communication and analysis must happen before implementing a proposed weight restriction on the state highway system.
Every time a roundabout is proposed to be installed on the state highway system, the Highway Directive — Roundabouts on State Highway System must be followed. This directive establishes the expectations and processes concerning freight mobility.
Visit our Mobility Records web page for:
The Highway Mobility Operational Notice — PD16 provides guidance on implementing key ODOT mobility policies, processes, roles and responsibilities related to project delivery. This guidance applies to all state and federally funded projects on state highways, at the project development stage through construction. This operational notice is consistent with the policies and procedures contained within the more detailed ODOT’s Mobility Procedures Manual, the accepted authority for mobility policy for the Agency.
Key Policy considerations include:
The Project Mobility Consideration Checklist document is a tool to help identify potential impacts to freight and traffic mobility in the development phase of a project.
Changes to project Mobility Consideration ChecklistBefore making changes during construction that have the potential to adversely affect mobility or run counter to previous agreements, the Project Manager:
Leadership Direction for Changes to Mobility Consideration Checklist
A TMP is a documented set of coordinated transportation management strategies used to manage the temporary work zone impacts of construction projects. For TMP examples, go to the Traffic Standards website.
Information needed for the Freight Mobility Section of the TMP
PurposeTo consider planning/design options for all STIP projects on ODOT facilities and local agency projects on the state highway system that include:
RequirementsThe Work Zone Decision Tree will become part of the Transportation Management Plan and document:
Submitting Highway Restriction Notices allows MCTD to ensure work zone safety and help motor carriers hauling oversize loads plan their trips by:
No restriction is needed if ALL of the following conditions are met:
Regardless of the type of restriction, contractors are required to submit the Highway Restriction Notice Form 35 days before work begins to allow time for the ODOT project manager to review and submit the form to MCTD.
See chapter five of our Mobility Procedures Manual for specific notification requirements. Typical requirements are:
The amount of notice needed is based on the route, the width and whether the restriction is during the day or night.
Daytime width restrictions occur from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.Freight Mobility Daylight Width Map
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ODOT rolled out its first Highway Mobility Operations Training for staff in 2005. Since then, dozens of eight-hour sessions were held for hundreds of ODOT employees at all levels of the organization such as planners, project managers and maintenance staff. As a follow up opportunity, ODOT employees were invited to four-hour mobility training sessions tailored to particular staff.
View the Planners Conference Presentation — October 2013.
ORS 366.215 Implementation Letter
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